Alaska Yellow Cedar's Natural Growing Region
Also known as Alaska Cypress and Pacific Coast Cypress, this rare and remarkably beautiful softwood is only grown in the Pacific coast region of North America, but is not a true "Cedar" species. This light yellow wood, with its straight and uniform grain, has been used in the boat building industry for many years because of its exceptional resistance to weather.
Due to its short growing season, Alaskan Yellow Cedar is remarkably dense. It dries quickly, works easily and performs well either finished or unfinished due to its natural oils that give the wood a wax-like finish.
With the same insect, rot and decay repelling tannis and oils as Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar is heavier and more dense giving it excellent strength and stability with very little shrinkage. Its most popular characteristic, however, is its beautiful, pale yellow color. Left untreated, it weathers to a very attractive light silver grey.
Pink-ish or blue-ish stains that may appear on Yellow Cedar are not a wood defect or problem, but are from naturally occurring oils that come to the surface during the manufacturing process that will disappear after exposure to the sun.
To protect your investment and to save time on the job site, we can arrange to have a factory applied finish added to your Alaskan Yellow Cedar. Pre-finishing protects the wood from moisture absorption and UV degradation, job site dirt pick-up, as well as staining from mildew and helps your Alaskan Yellow Cedar remain beautiful for years to come. A second field coat applied after installation is recommended.
Ideal for high traffic applications such as decking and flooring because of its shock resistance and durability, it is also a popular choice for handrails and ramps because it does not splinter. With a higher resistance to flame than other softwoods, Alaskan Yellow Cedar is an excellent choice for siding in a wide variety of custom patterns, shingles, shake roofing and paneling. Due to its high tannin content, care should be taken when selecting corrosion resistant fasteners when installing Alaskan Yellow Cedar.
Check out a recent project where dimensional Alaskan Yellow Cedar was used as the exterior cladding as part of a
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